I was sitting at a fast food drive-through the other night and thought about the glass that separated me from the restaurant. Through the glass I could see the food being prepared and the drinks poured. I thought about the honesty that glass provides, allowing me to see how my food was made ready. Glass...something solid and weather resistant but transparent. How amazing that a solid material can allow light to pass through. I did a little research and found that glass is transparent because of its random and loose molecular structure that permits light energy to work through "cracks" and "seams" in the material. It also has electrons that catch light waves and pass them on, almost like relay runners do a baton. Glass actually has many properties of liquids and gases, which also allow light to go through. This quality is created when common sand is heated intensely and then allowed to cool, changing its very nature.
We do best when we also are transparent before the Lord. The trials He allows to come to us as simple sand, heat us intensely and then we are cooled as we recover. With each such experience we become a bit more transparent and the world can gradually see Jesus more clearly through us.
Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.